Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported yesterday that current negotiations between the Brewers and Rickie Weeks focus on a multi-year deal. Weeks sits among four other Brewers eligible for arbitration this year (Prince Fielder, Shaun Marcum, Manny Parra, Kameran Loe). Weeks, like Fielder, can become a free agent after 2011, his final year of arbitration eligibility. Talks between the club and Fielder, on the other hand, concentrate exclusively on a single year deal; talks on a multi-year deal between Melvin and Fielder's agent, Scott Boras, broke down last spring and have not resumed since.
Assistant General Manager, Gord Ash, is handling the Weeks negotiations. Ash said yesterday that he and Weeks' representatives have not discussed a single-year deal, taking the less-traveled path for a player approaching free agency for the first time. Both sides display confidence that they can work out a multi-year deal.
If you think Rickie Weeks should remain a Brewer for years to come, these murmurings serve as good news. Rickie proved his talent in 2010 (.269, 29 HR, 83 RBI, almost all from the leadoff spot), his first full season in the majors after being plagued by injuries throughout the previous five. Brewers fans must hope he figured out in 2010 how to remain healthy for the grind of 162 games-- the club certainly is banking on it.